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Arabic for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part IV

Open to: Grades 2 - 6

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Arabic for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part III or placement test

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Course Code: ARL8

Course Description


This intermediate Arabic course is designed for 2nd to 6th grade students who have had prior knowledge and experience with the language and culture at the elementary and intermediate level.This is the last course of the intermediate Arabic series for elementary school students. The course will provide students with an opportunity to further develop their goals of speaking, listening, reading, and writing at an intermediate level, reinforcing critical fundamental areas of language learning and expanding content in grammar, oral exercises, and culture. Students will explore various aspects of Arab culture, including art and cinema, news and current events, and much more.

The course syllabus provides an outline that may help each student manage his or her study time more efficiently when studying for the class. The syllabus acts only as a guide, however. Students are free to study at their own pace. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of all materials provided to them, in hopes of aiding their learning and retention of the new language. Practicing is the key to learning any new language.

Once students have successfully completed Part IV of Intermediate Arabic, they should be able to:

  • Read and write longer paragraphs.
  • Describe physical characteristics, school subjects, news outlets, health conditions, and much more.
  • Ask and answer higher level thinking questions.
  • Distinguish between different Arab cultures and traditions.
  • Learn and apply various aspects of grammar, especially in writing.
  • Communicate in Arabic using practical and high-frequency vocabulary.

Interactive virtual online sessions are held twice per week for one hour in the evenings (both EST and PST). Separate conversations between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually. Students interact with the instructor and other students using Internet-based software.


Materials Needed

Students will need the following items to begin the course:

Arabic Syllabus— the syllabus describes course expectations and is a guide for the reading, writing, speaking, and listening assignments that will be assigned during the course. The syllabus also includes information about the mid-term and final exams

Required Textbooks
Mastering Arabic 2 by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar

  • ISBN-10: 0781812542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781812542

Mastering Arabic 2 Activity Book: Intermediate Level Practice by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar

  • ISBN-10: 0781813506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781813501

Personal headset or headphone with a microphone—both are necessary for instructor communication over the internet. NOT PROVIDED BY CTY.

Software Installations—

Skype—a FREE phone communication software
Skype is an internet phone communication software that allows students to talk to their instructors and teacher’s assistant at any time of the day for free. If students do not already have an account with Skype, an account can easily be obtained after the initial installation of the software. See “Accessing Skype” in the Technical Manual.

Adobe Connect — a virtual classroom software
Students will access the online classroom from a link sent by TA via email. See “Accessing Adobe Connect” in the Technical Manual.
Students must turn Microsoft Window’s “Arabic” setting “ON” before they can see and write Arab characters using Microsoft Word. See “Turning on the ‘Arabic’ setting in Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista” in the Technical Manual.

Contact Information—Instructor contact information is provided in an email sent by the instructor at the beginning of the course.

An Arabic-English dictionaryAlthough an Arabic-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Students will be attending online lectures twice a week via Adobe Connect. The lectures are one hour long and will be held in the evenings. Each student’s assigned lecture time and days will be provided in the initial email he or she will receive from his or her instructor. Lectures are meant for students to better learn and to retain the new vocabulary, grammar, and cultural material associated with each lesson, and to also provide students with the opportunity to virtually interact with their instructor and peers.

Additional one-on-one Skype phone calls for each student will also be scheduled for speaking and listening practice. The phone calls will be made in the evenings once a week. The phone calls will be with the instructor for 15 minutes and with the teacher assistant for 30 minutes. Students will be asked to converse in Arabic as best they can so that they can practice and perfect their Arab conversational skills through one-on-one communication. Students must email their Skype ID to their instructor as soon as they create their account.

Students will be taking quizzes via CTY’s Course Management System. This online Course Management System will provide the link to the recording of each lecture every week and copies of the lecture power points, assignments, and additional links to available resources. Each student, however, will need a CTY student ID and a password in order to access the system. CTY Student IDs and passwords are provided in the course assignment email. Students are not allowed to distribute any type of materials to others since they are copyrighted to Johns Hopkins CTY Online Programs World Language Program.

Students should expect to spend two hours in class and at least two hours a week reviewing the material and completing the assignments for each lesson. If students cannot answer all quiz questions correctly their first time around, students should study the lesson once again until they can correct their answers. Reviewing previous lessons and assignments daily is also important for the retention of new material and helpful for preparing for future quizzes and exams. Students should take advantage of all the materials provided and remember to practice their Arabic daily, since practicing is the key to mastering any new language.

Course Outline

Orientation will be offered 1 week before the course starts.

Course Topics:

Week 1

  • Recall and recognize concepts from Arabic for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part III (ARL7)
  • Identify ways to converse with others at a restaurant

Week 2

  • Describe clothes and their physical characteristics
  • Converse at a clothing store
  • Identify doubled verbs

Week 3

  • Recall present tense verbs
  • Use relative pronouns correctly in a sentence
  • Recall how to describe school subjects
  • Express skills and talents

Week 4

  • Ask and give instructions
  • Use appropriate vocabulary words to discuss the news and current events

Week 5

  • Give a negative instruction
  • Discuss the environment and climate
  • Write about holiday plans
  • Discuss holiday plans

Week 6

  • Recall and recognize concepts from weeks 1-5 to prepare for the midterm exam

Week 7

  • Describe possibilities of events happening
  • Change a verb to past passive
  • Recall how to describe future and past events

Week 8

  • Identify different body parts
  • Converse about health and happiness
  • Describe different types of illnesses

Week 9

  • Conduct a conversation at the pharmacy
  • Discuss different health conditions
  • Give advice related to heath

Week 10

  • Identify different forms of Arab culture in art and cinema
  • Discuss different film genres
  • Converse about past habits

Week 11

  • Identify parts of a play
  • Identify popular Arabic Phrases

Week 12

  • Recall and recognize concepts from weeks 1-11 to prepare for the final exam

Mid-term Exam - Written
The mid-term written exam is a comprehensive review of all the language points students have learned up to lesson five. It contains listening and multiple-choice questions that will test the student’s understanding of the phonetics, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural information introduced in this course. It will therefore be helpful for students to review all of the lessons, including the discussion materials, prior to the exam. The mid-term exam accounts for 10 percent of the final grade. Students must receive at least a 70 percent as the cumulative grade in order to pass the course.

Mid-term Exam – Oral/Reading
The mid-term oral exam tests students on their ability to speak, understand, and pronounce all of the Arab vocabulary they have learned from Week One to Week Five.

Students must have successfully completed all assignments and quizzes, and must have demonstrated consistent online participation, before being eligible to take the final exam.

Final Exam - Written

  • The written final examination is a comprehensive review of all the language points students have learned. It contains listening and multiple-choice questions that will test the student’s understanding of the phonetics, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural information introduced in this course. It will therefore be helpful for students to review all of the lessons, including the discussion materials, prior to the exam. The final exam accounts for 10 percent of the final grade. Students must receive at least a 70 percent on all of the assignments, the quizzes, and the exams in order to pass the course.
  • Students must have had successfully completed all assignments, quizzes, and the mid-term, and have had consistent online participation before being eligible to take the final exam.

Mid-term Exam – Oral/Reading

  • The final exam tests students on their ability to speak, understand, and pronounce all of the Arab vocabulary they have learned since Lesson One.
  • Students must have had successfully completed all assignments, quizzes, and the mid-term, in addition to have had consistent online participation, before being eligible to take the final exam.

Course Assignments

Reading Assignments

The vocabulary introduced in each lesson can be divided into two categories: the required basic vocabulary and the supplementary vocabulary. The basic vocabulary includes spoken expressions and students are required to learn how to write the expressions. The supplementary vocabulary will be introduced but students are not required to learn how to write them.

Writing Assignments

Writing assignments require students to learn Arabic character composition. Students will learn about the different strokes needed to compose Arabic characters, and will practice writing the characters in correct stroke order.

Written assignments can be submitted by either emailing them to the instructor, or by faxing them to the course fax number: 1-866-646-3816.

All faxed assignments must include student name, teacher, class, and the lesson concurring with the assignment.



Grading Policy

Below is the breakdown of the course grading percentage:

  • 20% Assignments
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 20% Midterm written and oral exam
  • 20% Final written and oral exam
  • 20% Class Participation

Grading Scale

Numerical Grade (%)Letter Grade
<70No Grade Issued

* Students must receive a 70 percent or above to pass the course.

Enrollment Cycle and Policies

Course Advancement Chart

Student enrollment is course-based. After successfully completing a course with a 70% or above as their final grade, students are eligible to enroll in the next course up. Students who have had previous experience and exposure to Chinese and who are unsure about which course to start at can request to take a placement test. Please email placement test requests to:

Completion Documents

CTY acknowledges successful completion of each course by issuing a final evaluation and certificate to students. Course completion documents are printed at the end of the semester and mailed to the students’ homes. Students will receive them in approximately three weeks after the course ends.

Parents can also request a CTY Official Academic Record that will show all of the student's participation in CTY academic courses as well as other activities with CTY. To request an Official Academic Record for all CTY courses, log in to MyCTY with your parent access codes and click on the Academic Record section. From there you can view the "unofficial" record (which lists the activities that will be included on the official version) and request an official copy for $5. Visit the CTY website for more information:

Refund Policies and Procedures

Parents and/or guardians can receive an 80% tuition refund by submitting a written withdrawal request to CTY no later than two weeks after the course start date. Students who withdraw from a course prior to the start date will receive a full refund of tuition paid. Refunds may take up to five business days to process for electronic payment. Paper check refunds take two to four weeks to process from the time that withdrawal notification is received by the CTY Registrar. Send withdrawal requests to

Students who withdraw or fail to participate after the two-week withdrawal period are not eligible for refunds. Students who violate the Student Code of Conduct may be withdrawn from the program without refund.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to use the first two weeks of the program, during which a refund is possible, to decide whether the course will work well with student’s schedule and make the appropriate decision.

Student Code of Conduct

CTY expects the highest standards of behavior both in deportment and in dedication to academic pursuits. Students are expected to:

  • Adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity
  • Strive to do the best work possible
  • Respect individuals of different races, cultures, religions, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and national origins
  • Be friendly, cooperative, and responsible to all people in the CTY community
  • Observe all rules for student conduct

Students may receive failing grades or be dismissed from the program, with no tuition refunds, for any of the following reasons:

  • Cheating, or other acts of academic dishonesty, including failing to follow quiz or exam rules for time limits, closed book, etc.
  • Plagiarizing, defined as the submission or presentation of work, in any form, that is not a student's own, without acknowledgment of the sources
  • Harassing or interfering with the work of others, whether via email or any other medium
  • Not attending to their academic work in a satisfactory manner
  • Receiving unauthorized help on a test or quiz


Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile appStudents who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.

Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.



CTY Online Programs World Language - Comments and Feedback from Students, Parents, and Teachers



"My son thoroughly enjoys his Arabic course. In fact, it is his favorite course. The instructor has instilled a passion in him for learning not only the language, but the culture as well! He truly walks around the house speaking Arabic now. I don't understand what he is saying, but I love it!”

"Our family lives in rural America without much way of cultural diversions. When giving my daughter her first JHU CTY catalog, we were surprised but supportive when she picked Arabic. She is now in her 3rd semester and we see her practicing and going to class. However, we have no reference points on really how well she is doing outside of her grades. This all changed the other night.

In the next town over, there is a Greek and Mediterranean restaurant. The waiter, and presumably owner, had a Mediterranean appearance and an indistinguishable accent. When he mentioned he was from Lebanon, I told him that my daughter was learning Arabic. He began to talk with her and she answered quickly. The conversation was over in about 4 sentences but it left the waiter wide eyed. Apparently he used some non-standard conversational words and my daughter followed along and answered appropriately. When he asked me where she was learning Arabic, I told him all about JHU.

I am now talking with my daughter about helping her start an Arabic Club that would meet once month at this restaurant. She is also starting to tutor her 20 year old "cool" cousin on Arabic who has been teaching herself Arabic from a book, but did not know proper pronunciation of the alphabet or words. This too has been very motivational. I would like to say thank you to you and all the JHU CTY staff. You are changing lives!"

"An enthusiastic teacher, engaging presentations and an overwhelming sense of ease and congeniality at class time have made my daughter's foreign language study both meaningful and memorable."